A dry period remains through Thursday. Next best chance of rain is late Friday with a quick-moving cold front. The fast nature of this boundary will limit rainfall amounts to under 1 inch. Expect cooler weather by the end of the weekend.
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 67 Wind: WSW 4
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 50
Wednesday: Dry. H: 71 L: 53 Wind: SSW 4
Thursday: Sunny. H: 71 L: 58 Wind: SE 4
Friday: Turning cloudy, rain late. H: 79 L: 65 Wind: SE 10
Saturday: Morning showers, remaining mostly cloudy. H: 76 L: 54 Wind: SW 10
Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy. H: 73 L: 50 Wind: WNW 4
Fall Trends: Areas west of the Mississippi have had an unmistakable warming trend during the fall season. The Upper Midwest has seen a 0.88 degree increase in warmth per decade.
Precipitation trends have also changed. Fall is leaning towards slightly drier than average conditions across the Midwest. As Climate Central points out, "this warming could lead to a range of impacts nationwide, such as pushing back the fall harvest, delaying the frost/freeze season (which plays into the life cycles of species and ecosystems), extending the wildfire season, and affecting fall foliage displays."
Cirrocumulus Virga: I snapped this picture (below) driving back from Lebanon Hills last Saturday....wispy clouds descending from a tiny parent cloud. The feathery look to the clouds might actually be ice crystals falling from the cloud but evaporating before reaching the ground. These clouds are often referred to as "mares' tails" as they resemble the tails of horses.
Measuring Carbon Footprint:
"Scientists have developed a new approach to estimate carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels -- one that provides crucial information to policymakers. Called the 'Fossil Fuel Data Assimilation System,' this system was used to quantify 15 years of carbon dioxide emissions, every hour, for the entire planet -- down to the city scale. Until now, scientists have estimated greenhouse gas emissions at coarser scales or used less reliable techniques." Read more about this study here.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story